"After Maj. Robert J. Darling organizes President Bush’s trip to Florida on Sept. 10, 2001, he believes the next couple of days will be quiet. He has no idea that a war is about to begin.
The next day, after terrorists crash airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, Maj. Darling rushes to the president’s underground chamber at the White House. There, he takes on the task of liaison between the vice president, national security advisor and the Pentagon. He works directly with the National Command Authority, and he’s in the room when Vice President Cheney orders two fighter jets to get airborne in order to shoot down United Flight 93.
Throughout the attacks, Maj. Darling witnesses the unprecedented actions that leaders are taking to defend America. As Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and others make decisions at a lightning pace with little or no deliberation, he’s there to lend his support.
Follow Darling’s story as he becomes a Marine Corps aviator and rises through the ranks to play an incredible role in responding to a crisis that changed the world in 9-11-01: The White House: 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker."
Robert J. Darling Lt. Col. USMC (Ret)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having worked for The Department of the Army, MEDCOM for 30 years and a military defendant for 25 years, I found the book very interesting especially having to learn to become more alert in dealing with the public. Reading this book cemented my love for this country. This is what my husband fought to keep safe.
Very entertaining read and a peak behind the curtain of the White House on 9/11. I walked away enjoying the book and also appreciating the author's service to this nation. People in these positions really earn their money and clearly doing this as a higher calling. Well done!
LTC Darling's firsthand account of the 9/11 attacks as seen from the White House is a riveting and jaw dropping story! Although the writing resembles a rookie writer, his stories definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. There were many times I'd hoped he would elaborate on his stories -- the book was much too short -- and talk more about flying VIPs around before the attacks. This book is incredibly dramatic and does a great job highlighting the efforts made by our government to safeguard the nation. A- writing, but A+ story overall.
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